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Dental Implants Versus Veneers, Which Should You Choose?

A cracked tooth is painful both literally and figuratively. It has the power of damaging your self-image, more so if you cracked a front tooth.

The good news, it’s a correctable problem. Unlike in the past when you had to learn how to live with a broken tooth, various solutions are available today. But which should you choose?

This post looks at the pros and cons of veneers vs. implants.

What is a veneer?

When you have a broken tooth, your dentist may recommend getting a veneer. The procedure involves covering the front surface of your damaged tooth using a thin ceramic or porcelain shell that is colored to look like your teeth. Veneers are used to conceal chipped or broken teeth, treat stains, and fill gaps between teeth.

During the treatment, the dentist will bond the veneer to your teeth using a dental adhesive. A veneer can be used on both top and bottom teeth to enhance a natural appearance. They are perfect for the front teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are designed to attach a replacement tooth to the gum. These are different from crowns because they replace an entire tooth and not just encasing a tooth. Due to the fact that they replace a whole tooth, implants are durable, stable, and last for years.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are designed to attach a replacement tooth to the gum. These are different from crowns because they replace an entire tooth and not just encasing a tooth. Due to the fact that they replace a whole tooth, implants are durable, stable, and last for years.

Can a veneer be used together with a dental implant?

Implants and veneers are dental options that don’t need to be used exclusively. This means that your dentist can use a veneer over your dental implants to create a better appearance. The two treatment options can be combined to achieve better cosmetic results.

Pros of Implants

Implants are used to replace missing teeth. This is something a veneer will not be able to do. Implants are also preferred over dentures because they are secure and offer better stability. They will not move around in the mouth when talking or eating. Since they are permanently fixed in the jawbone, you never have to worry about them falling out.

If you need a natural, healthy and comfortable feeling, you should go with a dental implant. When finished with a crown, implants look like natural teeth and, when cared for properly, can last up to 50 years. A dental implant will also resist gum problems and decay, thus guaranteeing you never have to worry about health problems.

Cons of Implants

While they are great, implants are not without a few drawbacks. The main disadvantage is that a dental implant is more expensive than most cosmetic dental options. In addition, the procedure of getting the implants inserted is time-consuming. Based on your condition, getting imaging, removing damaged teeth, getting the jawbone ready, placing implants, and finishing with a crown can take months.

Pros of a Veneer

When comparing veneers vs. implants, one area a veneer excels in is that the procedure takes a shorter time. As a matter of fact, a veneer has, for years, been the best and fastest way to cover wear and tear on teeth. It is also good to note that veneers are inexpensive when compared with other procedures. 

Cons of a Veneer

As for the disadvantages, a veneer will be susceptible to breaking, chipping, and staining. They are fragile and will last between 10 to 15 years when cared for properly. You may be forced to get veneers on several teeth to get that natural and balanced smile. 

As for the disadvantages, a veneer will be susceptible to breaking, chipping, and staining. They are fragile and will last between 10 to 15 years when cared for properly. You may be forced to get veneers on several teeth to get that natural and balanced smile.

Choosing the proper dental procedure requires discussing your options with a dentist. The dentist will evaluate the extent of tooth damage, needs for bite correction, and the longevity of the process to give you an informed recommendation.

For a consultation, get in touch with Dental 32 Fresh Smiles. Our team is committed to helping you improve your smile in any of 9 ways. Book an appointment today.

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